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Table A4. Percentage of adults who participated in formal work-related courses on various topics of instruction, by selected characteristics: 2002–03
Characteristic   Topic of instruction
Any formal work-related course Business Computer science Education Health Science Social sciences and services Voca-
tional trades
Other
  Total33.212.26.53.06.14.01.54.56.2
Sex
Male32.911.76.11.44.06.21.45.26.1
Female33.512.76.94.48.01.91.53.86.3
Race/ethnicity1
White34.612.76.93.36.34.51.54.46.1
Black31.312.46.32.76.91.51.74.97.5
Hispanic25.49.14.31.43.52.81.24.75.8
Other35.512.56.32.87.64.11.23.55.5
Age as of 2002
16–24 years30.911.45.01.05.11.81.15.75.8
25–34 years41.614.66.73.56.15.81.75.49.0
35–44 years41.115.17.43.78.75.91.65.48.2
45–54 years42.817.19.25.28.24.81.95.76.7
55–64 years29.010.46.83.35.43.41.93.85.0
65 years or older7.02.02.60.21.50.40.50.51.3
Highest level of education
attainment
High school diploma or less18.46.03.00.33.22.40.24.43.4
Some college but no degree34.713.87.00.85.84.31.15.77.2
Vocational/associateís degree40.814.98.60.911.14.40.96.67.6
Bachelorís degree52.322.210.76.97.66.42.34.09.6
Graduate or professional degree58.218.712.513.712.75.96.61.810.2
Employment status in the
past 12 months
Full-time49.019.59.84.78.66.92.26.18.8
Part-time33.09.34.63.57.91.31.34.87.7
Not employed6.51.42.10.31.10.40.50.81.2
Months employed in the
past 12 months
12 months46.518.89.12.89.06.32.15.88.9
1–11 months37.710.86.17.85.83.01.36.56.6
Not in the labor force6.51.42.10.31.10.40.50.81.2
Occupation2
Professional/managerial64.522.712.512.115.96.84.43.410.6
Sales/service/clerical40.218.88.20.85.83.11.15.88.9
Trade and labor25.54.93.00.02.68.20.29.64.2
Size of employer2
Fewer than 25 employees31.69.44.21.36.93.62.25.76.1
25–99 employees39.112.17.46.06.44.51.47.56.0
100–499 employees44.714.07.46.19.05.71.17.47.9
500 or more employees53.223.411.34.69.16.82.15.310.4
Continuing education
required for occupation
Yes52.615.48.78.514.85.53.56.49.6
No26.111.05.71.02.93.40.83.85.0
1 Black includes African American, Hispanic includes Latino, and Other includes Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian/ Alaska Native, those with more than one race, and those of other (unspecified) race. Race categories exclude Hispanic origin unless specified.
2 Includes only adults who worked in the past 12 months.
NOTE: The estimates in this table were based on the responses given for up to four courses by each participant. Detail may sum to greater than the total because adults may have taken more than one course on different topics.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Adult Education for Work-Related Reasons Survey of the 2003 National Household Education Surveys Program.

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